MovieMuse Academy Awards 2016 – Part 3

In the final part of our MovieMuse Academy Awards feature we bring you the big ones as we crown 2015’s best of the best in acting, directing and film…

 

Best Actor

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Nominees: Bryan Cranston - Trumbo, Matt Damon - The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant, Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl.

Nominees: Bryan Cranston – Trumbo, Matt Damon – The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant, Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl.

What we said: “In a film where DiCaprio really had to suffer for his art, he has produced his finest performance to date and is right up there at the top of his profession.

DiCaprio is quoted as saying of the process “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly”.

 

Runner Up: Brian Cranston (Trumbo)

Should have been nominated: Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Should not have been nominated: Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Oscar Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

BAFTA Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)


Best Actress

Winner: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Nominees: Cate Blanchett - Carol, Brie Larson - Room, Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn, Maggie Smith - The Lady in the Van, Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl, Jennifer Lawrence - Joy, Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years.

Nominees: Cate Blanchett – Carol, Brie Larson – Room, Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn, Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van, Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl, Jennifer Lawrence – Joy, Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years.

What we said: “A quiet film like Brooklyn could easily have hampered the performance of its cast and stopped them from shining. But Ronan plays the part of a young, awkward, small-town girl, thrust into the new world with such authenticity it would be easy to believe that she was a first time actress, gaining confidence as he experience progresses. But this certainly isn’t her first film and it is her substantial talent that allows you to be taken in and along on this journey of discovery and back again.”

 

Runner Up: Brie Larson (Room)

Should not have been nominated: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Oscar Winner: Brie Larson (Room)

BAFTA Winner: Brie Larson (Room)


Best Animated Feature

Winner: Anomalisa

Nominees: Anomolisa, The Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep, When Marnie Was There, Minions.

Nominees: Anomalisa, The Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep, When Marnie Was There, Minions.

What we said: “In a year when three of the top animated movies dealt with aspects of mental health, Anomalisa feels the most true and despite its stop-motion styling it is one of the most real and relatable films of the year. A small but perfectly chosen voice cast complement the wonderful animation, but it is Charlie Kaufman’s excellent script that makes Anomalisa a winner. Disappointingly overlooked for Best Picture it was the only choice in this category (unless you are the UK and American academies who prefer their portrayals of loss and isolation to be dumbed down and sugar coated).”

 

Runner Up: When Marnie Was There

Should not have been nominated: Minions

Oscar Winner: Inside Out

BAFTA Winner: Inside Out


Best Director

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Nominees: The Big Short, Mad Max Fury Road, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Martian.

Nominees: The Big Short, Mad Max Fury Road, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Martian.

What we said: “We were critical of Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s last film, the bloated oscar-bait Birdman, which felt more like an in-joke for the industry rather than entertainment for the audience. But in The Revenant he has produced an amazingly intimate film using very close camera work that at times is quite uncomfortable for the viewer. One particular fight scene will have you moving backwards so that the cameraman can get out of the way of the flailing fists and weapons. In other shots the camera is so close to DiCaprio’s face that you see his breath fogging up the lens.”

 

Runner Up: Lenny Abrahamson (Room)

Should have been nominated: Creed

Oscar Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)

BAFTA Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)


Best Film

Winner: The Big Short

Nominees: The Big Short, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Revenant, Brooklyn, Mad Max Fury Road, The Martian.

Nominees: The Big Short, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Revenant, Brooklyn, Mad Max Fury Road, The Martian.

What we said: “The thought of a factual film about the 2008 collapse of the American housing market and it’s devastating impact on the US economy, written and directed by the the man behind Anchorman sounds like a recipe for disaster. But Adam McKay’s off beat and haphazard style brings to life the dullest premise and creates a film that lies somewhere between The Wolf of Wall Street and Freakanomics. Funny, infuriating and honest, The Big Short is the surprise hit of the year and the cleverest and most entertaining film of 2015. It also claims the award for best gratuitous use of Margo Robbie and bubble bath.

 

Runner Up: Room

Should have been nominated: Beasts of No Nation, Creed, Anomolisa

Shouldn’t have been nominated: Bridge of Spies

Oscar Winner: Spotlight

BAFTA Winner: The Revenant


 

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